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Friday

How To Make Your Own Kefir ~ (Probiotics) From Kefir Grains

Most of you who read my blog, know I am big into probiotics.  They have helped me immensely in keeping the candida from taking over my body again.   I will be continuing to use probiotic right along with drinking the Kefir.

Why am I making my own Kefir?
. Kefir is loaded with probiotics (I figure, the more I take, the better off I am. I also realize the probiotics in the kefir probably don't get throught the stomach acid and I know that the probiotics I take do.
. Kefir is a good source of protein and is high in vitamins and minerals, especially B vitamins. Because of the high amounts of good bacteria and enzymes that kefir contains, it is an indispensable aid to digestion.
A number of studies conducted have documented kefir's ability to stimulate and boost the immune system and enhance lactose digestion
. Kefir is very easy to make.  If I can make it, anyone can
. Kefir is more cost effective to make yourself
 
How To Make Kefir At Home To Grow Your Own Probiotics
1. Put 1 Tablespoon Of Kefir Grains into a glass jar (Mine are in the kefir milk so I have to strain it into another jar).   Set the strained milk aside to drink or use in a recipe later.
Do not use metal at anytime, not even to stir with, Metal will kill your grains

2. Below, I am dumping the kefir grains into a jar that will ferment for 24 hours.  (You can see the grains if you look close)  I also add some of the thick stuff that surrounds the kefir grains.  I think it helps with the fermenting.




3.   Add One Cup Of Milk To One Tablespoon Kefir Grains  (This is the milk I use, you can use most any milk as long as it has milk fat in it.  Fatfree doesn't work well because the kefir feeds on fat)


4.  I find that covering my jar with a coffee filter and a rubber band works very well.  I also put it in a spot that is away from any sunlight.   I let it ferment for 24 hours.  You can let it ferment from 12 Hours to a couple of days.  The longer it ferments the more tangy it becomes.

 
To One Tablespoon of Kefir Grains, Add One Cup of milk.
If you have 1 1/2 Tablespoons Of Kefir Grains add 1 1/2 Cups of milk 
 If you have 2 Tablespoons of Kefir Grains, add two cups of milk etc....
 
What milk can you use?
. Fresh Certified Raw Milk Is Best
.  It can be, Cow, goat, soy, yak, sheep, low fat, flavoured (Not No Fat)
.  Pasturized Vitamin D (that is what I am using right now)

I sterilize my jars and utensils after each use.  You don't have to do this, especially if you use a dishwasher.  I just do it because I want to.... just incase!

How Can You Use Kefir?
 Some people drink it plain.  I don't like it plain so I make smoothies.
You can use it instead of sour cream
You can use it in place of buttermilk
Make your own Kefir Cream Cheese
Make your own Ranch Dressing
New York Style Kefir Cheesecake

15 comments:

  1. I'm not a milk drinker, so I don't know if I could handle the kefir business. Do you mix it with anything or just drink it straight?

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  2. Lisa,
    I can't drink it straight. I make a slushie with it using some sort of fruit. If you like plain yogurt, you will like kefir.

    You can make water kefir that people drink instead of drinking soda pop.

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  3. I used to make our own yogurt, it will be fun to try the kefir. Thanks for the recipe!

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  4. Excellent post!! Probiotics are inportant for a healthy body, how wonderful to make it homemade! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  5. I take probiotics. It really has helped me!!

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  6. Thanks for sharing the info and I think it will be very helpful!

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  7. Hi Becky Jane,
    It is kind of fun making the kefir. I have enough grains now that I am giving some to my sister so she can make it also.

    Sam,
    It is VERY simple and if I can do it.... anyone can.

    Miriam,
    I have been wanting to do this for about a year now. I finally found the kefir grains local.

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  8. Keena,
    I also take the Theralac and TruFlora daily. The kefir is just an added bonus, although a lot of people just do the kefir.

    Sutapa,
    You are welcome. I love the Paneer Kebabs recipe on your blog. I am not sure if I will be able to find a couple of the spices you have used. I am going to Erie soon and will look there.

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  9. Wow these is awesome! I have made our own yogurt before but not Kefir. I have been dealing with candida for the past several months and have found making our own Kombucha is wonderful. It is full of probiotics also.

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  10. This is good that you can show how to make stuff for candida!

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  11. Hey Terry, Marilyn and I loved this post. We are the age where women can't be without probiotics. She looked at most of your back posts and loved every one.
    Marilyn left this morning. The time went so very fast and we didn't take many pictures but made a very very very bad video. I'm posting it anyway. She talked to Ken and yesterday we spent 4 1/2 hours with Neil, the acutupuncturist.
    I have to catch up on your posts too. Looks like a lot of good ones.
    Love, Manzi

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  12. Are the Kefr grains expensive?

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  13. Tawna,
    It depends on where you get the grains. Online, people try to rip your eyeballs out.

    Sometimes, you can find people in your area who want to get rid of some because they have to many. They will either give them to you or sell them for a small fee.

    I will give you some when I see you. I think Hubs is doing a GS in September near you.... Not sure on that though.

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  14. Manzy,
    I loved your video. You two look so young, I can tell you stay very active.

    Kim,
    I love to see you stop by. On my way to visit you too.

    Alicia,
    I have not yet made kombucha, Is it hard? I might have to try that next.

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